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Testing for bilateral integration and motor planning


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Posted Apr 12, 2002 at 4:53:03 PM
Subject: Testing for bilateral integration and motor planning

Question -- what specific tests can determine if there is a bilateral integration problem or motor planning problem in a 5 year old?

Thanks! :- )

*Ann*

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Posted:Apr 14, 2002 10:30:15 AM

Dear Ann,

A conversation with an OT can give your a detailed list. As a parent with a child who has had developmental issues with bilateral integration and motor planning, I'll share some ideas.

Bilateral integration- also the ability to croass the midline. An OT will observe a child and see if one hand will cross to the other side to pick up an object or if they will use the closest hand. This can done whilew atempting to put a puzzle toghter or building with blocks.

Deficits in this area will affect a child's ability to button pants, cut food with a fork and knife, ride a bike without training wheels.

Motor planning- An OT will observe a child performing a number of tasks- hopping, skipping or jumping to see if they are age appropriate. ALso the OT can observe a child's ability to replicate clapping moves.

Deficits in the area will affect a child's ability to tie shoes and play sports.


Remediation with an OT and specific home activities can help a child overcome these issues.

PLease feel free to ask anymore questions.


Diane

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Posted:Apr 15, 2002 4:41:34 AM

Thank you so much for your ideas, Diane!

*Ann*

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